Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters

  • Madison, WI
  • www.wisconsinacademy.org

Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We connect Wisconsin people and ideas for a better world.

Main Programs

  1. Academy Evening Talks
  2. Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine
  3. James Watrous Gallery
  4. Wisconsin Academy Fellowship
  5. Wisconsin Initiatives
Service Areas

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Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Academy, based in Madison, Wisconsin serves the entire state of Wisconsin through its diverse programming.

ruling year

1945

Executive Director since 2012

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Ms. Jane E. Elder

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Wisconsin

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EIN

39-1054856

Physical Address

1922 University Avenue

Madison, WI 53726

Also Known As

Wisconsin Academy

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Academy Evening Talks

Academy Evenings are a statewide series of public talks, featuring leading thinkers, scholars and artists, and engaging the public in a wide variety of timely topics in an atmosphere that fosters discussion and builds community. Highlights in 2013 include global freshwater expert Sandra Postel’s talk, Our Freshwater Future, which attracted more than 500 attendees, and the Barriers to Climate Action presentation by three experts in communications and behavior change, which one participant described as “one of our very best ever.”

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Program 2

Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine

Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only magazine covering contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture. It brings our readers the best of Wisconsin: innovations in science and technology, groundbreaking visual art, the best fiction and poetry, and news on environmental issues and challenges. Contributing writers have received awards and accolades for their fiction and poetry. Science reporting – like our articles on algae blooms and frac-sand mining – provides valuable and dispassionate context for issues with long-reaching implications for the state.

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Communications & Public Education

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Program 3

James Watrous Gallery

The James Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center for the Arts is devoted to exhibitions of Wisconsin visual artists, Wisconsin art and craft history, works owned by Wisconsin collectors, and projects that bridge the sciences, arts, and humanities. We support Wisconsin visual artists and arts through quality exhibitions and programs, while providing opportunities for viewers to actively engage in the visual arts. Recent achievements include the highly acclaimed and well-attended Vital Skills exhibition, which celebrated Wisconsinites who are preserving traditional hand skills and the role these might play in creating more resilient local economies in the face of climate change and energy transition.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Program 4

Wisconsin Academy Fellowship

Recognition as a Fellow is the highest honor conferred by the Wisconsin Academy. Since 1981, the Fellows program has identified and honored individuals from the fields of science, arts, or letters who represent both an outstanding level of accomplishment in their field and an unwavering commitment to intellectual discourse and service to the state of Wisconsin. Our spring 2014 Fellows induction ceremony is open to the public and slated to be held at the Overture Center in Madison. At the induction ceremony, each new Fellow speaks about his or her work from a highly personal standpoint, giving the public unique insight into creative accomplishment across a range of professions.

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Program 5

Wisconsin Initiatives

Wisconsin Initiatives are collaborative investigations that explore major issues and potential solutions. The Wisconsin Academy currently has two initiatives: the renewed “Water of Wisconsin” and “Wisconsin’s Climate & Energy Future.” Both initiatives are successfully fostering dialogue about responsive approaches to these complex issues, laying the groundwork for us to focus our second year on development of a “road map” for action.

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Environment

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Service Areas

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Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Academy, based in Madison, Wisconsin serves the entire state of Wisconsin through its diverse programming.

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WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTS AND LETTERS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters

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Executive Director

Ms. Jane E. Elder

BIO

Jane Elder brings a strong background in public policy leadership, nonprofit management, and involvement in Wisconsin arts to the Wisconsin Academy. Her career has focused on environmental policy and communications, which is balanced by interests that include theater, modern dance, and painting. Elder was the founding director of the Sierra Club's Great Lakes Program, and led the organization's Midwest Office for many years, spearheading advances in water quality, air quality, and public lands protection in the region. She was the first recipient of Sierra Club's Michael McCloskey Award, which honors “a distinguished record of achievement in national or international conservation causes." As the founding director of the Biodiversity Project—a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness about the value of Earth's diverse species, habitats and ecosystems, and promote responsive action to stem the tide of loss—her work included a project to explore the ethical and theological reasons for protecting biodiversity, and a groundbreaking environmental communications handbook: Ethics for a Small Planet. Elder leads a consulting group that provides services to nonprofits and public agencies, with a focus on policy analysis, strategic communications, program planning, and organizational coaching. Major projects included serving as a lead writer-researcher for the Presidential Climate Action Plan (under the auspices of the University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs), and several projects related to advancing the goals of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Elder has also been actively involved in supporting Wisconsin arts, serving as an early member of the Friends of American Player's Theatre and as the founding board president for Madison's Forward Theater Company.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Linda Ware

UW-Marathon County

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

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